The Technology of Life. A DNA-centric tour of biology.

I am working on a book on DNA, or more precisely, I hope to explain the technology of life in a modern and fun way, with DNA at the center.

Inspired by Rob Fitzpatrick’s very useful book “Write Useful Books”, I am hoping to involve potential readers early and often in the writing process.

On this site you’ll find sample chapters and experiments, starting with:

There is already a lot of content on my blog, some of which will be incorporated in the book. The start of this project in 2001 may also be a fun, if somewhat unpolished read: DNA seen through the eyes of a coder.

I know there are typos in the sample chapters, and that things are not yet good. It needs pictures. I am however very interested in hearing if this kind of stuff excites you. Drop me a message on if you want to receive a note if the book is done, or if you’d like to be a beta reader. There will be no spam, unless you ask me to keep you updated on the progress.

And of course, real early feedback is also welcome! I’d love to hear what you’d hope to get out of a book like this, and what kind of topics you would be interested in.

Thank you for your interest, and I hope to hear from you!

PS: I tweet regularly about this project on @PowerDNS_Bert and my dedicated DNA account @DNAntonie.